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Maria E. Nelson, MDMaria E. Nelson, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine


USC Surgical Oncology
1510 San Pablo Street, Suite 412
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone: (323) 865-3535
Fax: (323) 865-0164


  • USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
  • Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center


Maria E. Nelson, MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Carleton College, she completed her masters and medical degrees at the University of South Dakota. She did her residency training in General Surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and completed her fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Nelson’s clinical focus and expertise is in benign and malignant breast disease. She is experienced with advanced breast surgical techniques, and seeks in her practice to combine the best evidence-based methods with best in patient-focused care. Dr. Nelson’s research interests include the diagnostic role of breast imaging techniques and the complex nature of decision-making in breast cancer care.


  • Breast Cancer


  • Masters, Biology, University of South Dakota Graduate School, 2005
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of South Dakota Medical School, 2008


  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, General surgery residency, 2008-2013


  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow, 2013-2014

Professional Society Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons


  • 15th Annual Lynne Sage Breast Cancer Symposium Achievement Award, 2013
  • Dr. Robert and Ruth Quinn Scholarship, 2007
  • I.D. Erinberg, University of South Dakota Medical School Scholarship, 2006
  • American Society of Hematology Student Research Award, 2005


  • English

Curriculum Vitae (full list of publications, abstract presentations) – PDF file



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